Celebrating Christmases Past at Basildon Park

Decorated Christmas tree in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park

It's the 40th anniversary of the donation of Basildon park to the National Trust, and we want this momentous year to end on a bang. Step back in time and experience Christmas through the centuries of Basildon Park's past, of sumptuous display and decoration. Christmas will be taking over the house from Saturday 1 December until Thursday 6 January. * Please note that Basildon Park will be closed on Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December.

Travel back in time and witness Christmases past

Discover Christmas in the different periods of Basildon Park's history, from a stripped back World War Two room and tree, through the lavish Victorian tradition, and right back to the Georgian decadence of the Sykes family.

The entire house will be decorated to the nines in huge trees and beautiful decorations that are sure to get you in the festive spirit. 

A Christmas memory for all the family

Basildon Park is the perfect place to bring the whole family and make some festive memories. Children can take away postcards to write to Father Christmas. After taking in the festive sights in the house, you and your family are invited to head to the café and enjoy some festive treats, or buy a gift for someone special in the shop.

Christmas dinners in the café at Basildon Park

After wandering arounf the house and seeing its lavish beauty, you can treat yourself to a festive 2 course dinner in the café. Booking online is essential, and worth it, for a traditional Polseden Lacey bred turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There's portion sizes for little ones, too!

Visitor enjoying Christmas at Basildon Park
Visitor looking at the Christmas decorations through a doorway at Basildon Park
Visitor enjoying Christmas at Basildon Park

Celebrate Christmases past at Basildon Park everyday from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 6 January. This house is open every day from 11am until 4pm, and normal admission charges apply.